Thundercloud

Thundercloud

E140/0100 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 17.3MB

Downloadable file size: 1,002.4KB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


This image is part of the feature Around The World In 90 Minutes

Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Thundercloud over the Pacific Ocean, seen from the International Space Station (ISS). The anvil-shape of the thundercloud is at upper left, towering up from the surrounding clouds. Its top has flattened beneath the tropopause, a natural temperature inversion at a height of around 15 kilometres. A thundercloud forms when warm moist air (as found over tropical oceans) is pushed up by a mass of cold air. The rapid growth sees updrafts of over 150 kilometres an hour. The Sun (top centre) throws long cloud shadows across this seascape. Earth's curved limb is seen here, from the ISS's orbital altitude of around 380 kilometres. Photographed on 21 July 2003.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 2003, 7, anvil shape, anvil-shaped, atmosphere, atmospheric, climate, cloud, clouds, cloudy, cumulonimbus, earth observation, expedition seven, from, incus, international space station, iss, july, meteorology, ocean, pacific, photography, reflecting, reflection, satellite, sea, shadow, shadows, storm, storms, sun, sunlight, thundercloud, weather

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.